In 2011, the 49ers’ special teams were impeccable. David Akers led the league in field goals, Andy Lee once again boomed punt after punt, and the coverage teams performed well. Unfortunately, in the NFC Championship, Ted Ginn was sidelined and Kyle Williams fumbled away two punts, which handed the game to the New York Giants.
Last season, Akers was anemic on his field goals. On the positive side, LaMichael James proved himself a capable kick returner and Lee continued to do his thing. However, in the biggest game of the season, the 49ers couldn’t stop Jacoby Jones from returning a touchdown to open the second half of the Super Bowl.
The 49ers have added Phil Dawson to kick field goals. Additionally, with the inside linebacker position held by two All-Pro performers, as well as the secondary looking pretty crowded at the moment, the Niners will rely on a few backups to adapt and become quality special teams players.